Seriously I could KISS my obstetric physiotherapist for recommending them to me! Buy it quite cheaply online or from a pharmacy/health store to be used in the bath or as a foot soak. Benefits are as follows:
- Reduces high blood pressure and lowers the risk of pre-eclampsia
- Relieves muscle tension/spasms (SPD pain and leg craps in my case)
- Reduces swelling all over the body
- Soothes braxton hicks and can help prevent preterm labour (which I am at risk of)....you see the main ingredient is the same as the stuff they put in the drip when they try stop contractions.
Why this isn't recommended to more people I do not know!
Please remember that, although this advice was given to me by a medical professional, I am not one. It is up to you to do your own research/ask your MW and decide. I just wanted to share my positive experience.
Epsom salts are also used by some people in a drink as a laxative but this is NOT recommended for pregnant woman as it can cause dehydration and other harmful side effects.
And obviously don't try use it if you are wanting labour to start any time soon.
I used it as a laxative while I was pregnant with my first but didnt know it at the time. I felt like I had done something really bad to hurt the baby but she came out fine. But the packaged states specifically not to be injested by a pregnant woman.
I love bathing in that stuff, especially when I'm feeling achy and just down right miserable. It worked really well with my swollen feet.
Geez you have no idea the good epsom salts have done for me there is nothing better than soaking in them *sigh* the funny thing is they didnt do SQUAT for me before i was pregnant now they are a must have in my house period! Thank you from all the preggo woman out here dear epsom salts!!!
I really dont know why it isnt recomeded for more pregnant women, it might be because we are warned so much about bath time we're scared to take them, i just keep a glass of ice water with me and get out when i start feeling too warm i could be wrong but i really dont see the harm in a weekly warm epsom salt laden bath soak candles bubbles music the whole nine yards (lol) given how much good it does for sore muscles and the such.
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